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Exit Interview with Utica College President Todd S. Hutton

The Tangerine’s co-editors-in-chief, Matt Rogers and Rashida Patrick, sat down with Todd S. Hutton to discuss his tenure as Utica College’s president.

The Tangerine: 18 years is a long time to be at one institution. What can you say about your time here at Utica College?

Todd Hutton: It has gone in a flash. I have no idea where it went. That said, it’s going to be the most memorable period of my life. It really is. The relationships I’ve developed here are deeper than they have been at many other places because I’ve been here longer. The generations of students I’ve gotten to know are so much more significant. It’s just been a wonderful opportunity for Jennifer and I. And I’ve said to alumni gatherings recently that I’ve kind of planted my roots here and I’m a military brat, so I don’t have roots. And I’ve had an opportunity to plant those roots and they’ve been well-planted in Utica. Even though I won’t be living here, I really kind of feel that this is my home now.

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UCPB brings Bryson Tiller to Utica

The Utica College Programming Board announced today that Bryson Tiller, an up-and-coming Hip-Hop artist, will be preforming at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The concert is being held in conjunction with the SUNY Poly Student Association.

Tickets for students will cost $20 and will be available through the Student Activities Office. They will also be available at uticatickets.com. Tickets for the general public will cost $35.

Tiller released his hit single “Don’t” in May 2015, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. On October 2, 2015, he released his debut Album, TRAPSOUL, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and charted an numerous international charts.

The rapper’s unique sound earned him a loyal fan base and an invitation to perform at London’s KKO music festival. Tiller is expected to release a new single around the time of his Utica performance.

Tiller’s performance is part of UC’s annual Moose Madness weekend and SUNY Poly’s Wildcat Day. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Student Activities and uticatickets.com on March 30 with general tickets going on sale on April 2 at theuticaaud.com.

 

GIVING BACK: Casamento explains vital endowment program

Nicholas Souza, News/Online Editor

Throughout the past few months, while the Utica College’s presidential search has been taking place, many have heard the title of executive vice president and chief advancement officer. This is because future UC president, Laura Casamento, currently occupies this position. She is responsible for many vital operations- one of them being endowment. The problem is, not many students can tell you why endowment is important or even what it means.

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Utica College announces Casamento as Hutton’s successor

Matt Rogers, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Utica College has chosen one of its own.

After months of searches, interviews, background checks and meetings, the Utica College Board of Trustees announced Monday morning in front of local media that Laura Casamento, currently UC’s executive vice president and chief advancement officer, will become the college’s ninth president.

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Student Profile: Dzenan Racic

Ben Mehic, Staff Writer 

Utica College is home to one of the most diverse student populations in upstate New York. Not only does UC provide education to international students, but the institution has also provided first-class education to local immigrants who have called Utica home for quite some time.

Dzenan Racic, a sophomore nursing major, has been a resident of Utica for virtually his entire life. Like many students wandering the halls of the Gordon Science Center, Racic has a story that reflects struggle and triumph; two things that many have experienced throughout the course of their time in Utica.

“I moved to the United States when I was just a couple of months old. I was essentially born in Bosnia, then moved straight to the states, to Utica,” Racic said. “I went to Albany Elementary, then to John F. Kennedy Middle School, then Proctor High School.”

Sports can often serve as an outlet of expression and assimilation, so when Racic’s father had the opportunity to share his love of soccer, Racic picked it up right from the get-go.

“I started playing soccer when I was four years old, so right around kindergarten,” he said. “My dad played soccer growing up, so it was kind of something I picked up early.”

Racic, who said he’s always played soccer at a competitive level, suffered a setback early in his high school career.

“I tore three ligaments in my ankle in high school,” he said. “I fell in a hole in the field, and felt my ankle snap during my freshman year.”

Racic went through extensive therapy to bounce back and luckily recovered enough to go on to play soccer for UC. Unlike high school, though, collegiate level soccer presented situations that he wasn’t normally accustomed to.

“Playing soccer at the collegiate level for Utica College was much different than what I was used to. It’s much harder; much more physically demanding,” he said.

Unfortunately, during his sophomore year at UC, Racic suffered yet another setback. He tore his patellar tendon, and hasn’t been able to play soccer since September.

Despite all of the recent setbacks, ones that would certainly diffuse the hopes of continuing soccer for others, Racic has no plans on giving up.

“I plan on continuing soccer after it gets healed up,” he said. “I’ll likely end up doing platelet therapy, where they inject platelets into your tendon and helps it repair.”

Soccer has almost been a microcosm of what Racic has gone through since coming to the United States and what his parents went through in Bosnia. But ultimately, he’s recognized that education trumps everything else.

“I plan on becoming an anesthesiologist after I finish school, so soccer hasn’t been a primary focus of mine,” Racic said. “I’ve always had an interest in chemistry and health because my mom works in the health field as well. She’s a surgical technician.”

Bogdan Lashchuck, a sophomore at Utica College, can reflect on the hard work that Racic puts in to accomplish his academic and career goals.

“He stays on top of what matters,” Lashchuck said. “When I ended up missing classes due to personal issues, Dzenan was there to help me catch up. He came through whenever I needed him.”

Dr. Terri Provost, a biology professor at UC, can also attest to Racic’s work ethic.

“Dzenan is a very good student and a pleasure to have in class,” she said. “To succeed like Dzenan, you have to study hard, ask questions and of course, attendance is huge.”

Racic is just one of many students at UC with a story revolving around growth and persistence, and he’s recognized it too.

“I reflect the school in a good way, being an immigrant, and pulling a 3.91 cumulative grade point average,” he said. “I’d like to think that I make the school look good.”

 

Parking Improves for UC?

Amanda Fanelli, Assistant Features Editor 

Has the parking situation at Utica College gotten any better since the fall semester of 2015? Previously, the construction of the Welcome Center was not completed and some students found themselves frustrated and parking anywhere they could find a spot. While there may be enough parking on campus for students, not being able to park near their class buildings because of full lots has left many students annoyed.

Wayne Sullivan, Director of Campus Safety, said there is adequate parking on campus for all students. Since the completion of the Welcome Center, congestion in that area (the lot in front of the ECJS Building) has been relieved.

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Opposites Attract: English and Strong set to perform at Hamilton College

By Matt Rogers

Some argue the best way to ensure success, whether it is in music, sports, or writing, is to start training at a young age. Get those future prodigies started early, and it will best prepare them for the future.Others assert it’s best to let children grow up away from formal training, allowing them a chance to figure out on their own whether they want to pursue a particular field.

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Play Review: Tried by Twelve or Carried by Six

Bria Hilliard

Asst. Features Editor

Written by students in the theater 300 class, Tried by Twelve or Carried by Six, attempts to tell the stories of police brutality. The play was impactful in the sense that real-life issues were being brought to the stage for the entire campus to witness and discuss. There was a wide range of characters in the play such as police officers, innocentbystanders,innocent victims and the occasional not-so innocent victim. While the play addresses recent cases of police brutality in the Unites States, it also brought to light the everyday race involved situations that people experience. Tried by Twelve or Carried by Six took the actual stories of police officers as well as African American men and women, and told them in a way that was either a hit or miss with the audience.

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